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The first of the dredgers which will
be undertaking the deepening of
Fremantle Port's Inner Harbour and
approach channels, 'Cornelis Zanen',
arrived on January 4 after dry docking
Excavated material from the seabed will
be drawn up into self-contained hoppers
within this dredger by suction and
transported in the dredger to a pipeline
positioned offshore from Rous Head.
The material will then be pumped from
the dredger into the enclosed Rous Head
reclamation area via the pipeline.
Fremantle Ports Chief Executive
Officer, Chris Leatt-Hayter said the project
would be undertaken with strict
monitoring and safeguards in place to
minimise any impacts.
Independent monitoring of water,
sediments and mussels would continue
throughout the dredging and beyond,
with results regularly reported to the
Environmental Protection Authority and
Fremantle Ports' Inner Harbour
deepening project was the subject of a
rigorous Public Environmental Review
and assessment by the Environmental
Protection Authority, Department of
Environment and Conservation and
The project was approved by the
Western Australian Minister for the
Environment in August 2009.
It is expected to have minimal impact
on metropolitan beaches.
Mr Leatt-Hayter said that based on
previous experience and the controls in
place for this project, Fremantle Ports
expected any plumes to be localised
around the dredging operation and dredge
material placement areas.
Most of the dredged material would
be reused for land reclamation at Rous
Head and would be placed into a fully
enclosed seawall with an inner geotextile
lining. Silt curtains placed around the
return water outfall would further
Fremantle Port, which handles
about $25 billion in trade annually, is
critically important infrastructure for
Mr Leatt-Hayter said deepening the
Inner Harbour and approach channels
was essential to accommodate the larger,
more efficient container ships now
coming to Australia.
Fremantle Port deepening: first dredger arrives
The dredger 'Cornelis Zanen' arrives in Fremantle Port
Total trade throughput at the Port of Melbourne, Australia,
increased 6.6 percent in December 2009, compared with the
corresponding month the previous year.
The core container trade increased 4.4 percent overall,
resulting in the Port of Melbourne handling an average of
over 6,200 containers a day in December, bringing to the total
"We are always cautious about drawing conclusions on trends
from one month's trade results but the signs are very
encouraging," said Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) Chief
Executive Officer, Stephen Bradford.
"The positive trade figure provides an important point of
comparison given that the impact of the global financial crisis
started to have an influence on port trade in December 2008.
There were some horror stories about declining trade volumes
earlier in 2009 in some international container ports so December's trade figures, consistent with November, are a
welcome result which we hope will be sustained."
Trade bounces back at Port of Melbourne
Melbourne's Swanson Dock
Photo: Courtesy of Port of Melbourne Corporation
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